During the last Republican debate of the year, the conversation quickly turned to national security, as the country is still reeling following the San Bernardino terror attacks that killed 14 people in early December.
Turning to allowing refugees into the United States, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) said, “We will not be admitting jihadists as refugees,” honing in on the potential that could-be terror sympathizers could be admitted into the U.S. as refugees, despite the current vetting process.
Front runner Donald Trump reiterated that his stance on banning Muslims from coming into the United States has helped boost his popularity. “People like what I say, people respect what I say,” Trump said, adding that if President Obama has brought “some to this country, then they’re leaving.”
Jeb Bush fired back against Trump’s proposal, saying that “banning all Muslims will make it harder for us to do what we need to do,” pointing to the necessity to team up with Muslim allies in the region. GOP contender Marco Rubio dismissed the Trump plan, saying it “isn’t going to happen.”
“This group needs to be confronted with serious proposals,” Rubio said of ISIS.
Senator Rand Paul pushed the issue of greater security, saying “we need more scrutiny” on immigration and the vetting process.